A few reminders

Thursday tends to be a bit of a quieter day here, even in this congested period where there’s a match on every weekend. It’s worthwhile, then, to fill the void with a few quick reminders.


First, this coming weekend sees James Horan’s Sporting Excellence conference taking place at Breaffy Resort. The event starts on Saturday morning and runs through ’till lunchtime on Sunday – full details here. The Conference finishes up in plenty of time on Sunday to enable you to catch the action at MacHale Park, where hopefully all that talk about high performance will segue effortlessly into a top-gear display by the lads against Kerry. Theory, meet practice.

The Mayo News were running a competition on Twitter yesterday for tickets to the Conference (a simple Follow and Retweet one). I’m not sure if this is still open but the details are here. If you miss out on that the weekend pass for the event is only €100, which is great value given the line-up of speakers assembled for it.

UPDATE: It’s now been announced that you can get 50% off the registration price by quoting @MayoDotIE at the door. Doors open on Saturday morning at Breaffy at 8am.


Image: @MitchelsGAA

This day week is, of course, St Patrick’s Day and Castlebar Mitchels are gearing up for another assault then on the Andy Merrigan Cup, as they prepare to take on Ballyboden St Enda’s in the All-Ireland SFC club final at Croke Park (throw-in 4pm).

Success doesn’t come cheap and there are a few fundraising events being run by the club in the days leading up to next week’s final that are worth bringing to your attention. The first of these is the Mitchels’ flag day this coming Saturday (12th) and then next Tuesday (15th) there’s a coffee morning fundraiser at Bosh. Throw-in time there is 10am. Any support you can provide will, I’m sure, be greatly appreciated.

4 thoughts on “A few reminders

  1. Plane Saturday morning to Dublin, then drive to Castlebar for the game on Sunday. I’ve looked forward to this for weeks.
    Kerry are no push overs, as they have excellent forwards. Having said that, I feel two points will be ours at the final whistle.

  2. Kerry definitely no push over and they probably have more of their big guns available at this stage. I would be hoping the lads treat this one like Dublin in terms of defending and that we continue to improve a bit in forwards. Like us the big guns returning not always in best shape after injury so wouldn’t get over worried. Darren O Sullivan looks like he needs watching but the rest of their (Donegal game) forwards wouldn’t merit special attention. Obviously if Gooch or James OD play yes and if Donaghy FF have more of a sweeper to help Ger. Otherwise just hope that man for man most of our backs can more than break even.
    I’d be hoping SOS plays if fit as he seems from the bit we’ve seen to be more dominant than Gibbons at the moment.
    I’d be happy with a 1 point win.

  3. Well fair dues to you GJC ….what a lovely treat for you.I hope every inch of your trip is filled to the brim with all that is good and wholesome!
    I’m thinking that our forwards can be more productive this time,not because K are anyway suspect in defence but because our scorers will be more in the groove than heretofore.There is no need for AOS to be stuck to one spot like ff or 11….like to see him on visits to varying spots as befits the trends. But he’s better to be hanging more closely to the front and to the LHS and edging into ff ….when he does!!!No point in him chasing back after anyone…not his forte and generally a waste of E!
    Cos lacks a bit of pace off the mark for corner and is best abroad mopping up and having those shots!
    Otherwise all is ready…muck scrapped off the boots and the wheels of the bike pumped!!

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